US congress report on Art Therapy

Hon. Louise McIntosh Slaughter
of New York city in the House of Representatives
Monday June 14, 2004

Art therapy is a profession that gives people of all ages with a means of expressing emotion and coping with life issues. Emotions are often difficult to convey in words and an artistic avenue cab serve as an effective way to communicate inner thoughts and feelings.

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  1. New Sourcebook on Art Therapy with Elderly
    Provides Complete Resource for the Field

    For Immediate Release

    July 1, 2004 Art Therapy with Older Adults: A Sourcebook, edited by Rebecca Perry Magniant, is the first comprehensive text on creative arts therapies with older adults. An innovative and complete resource on using art therapy techniques with the elderly, the text offers a wide range of ideas and practical information, ideal for those within the field and those who are seeking an introduction.

    The nonverbal approach used by art therapy is innovative and effective as a treatment modality, particularly for the elderly one of the fastest growing segments of our population. This book demonstrates that art therapy is a unique offering for persons aged sixty-five and older, and gives the potential for enrichment and healing in those lives.

    About the book:

    Art Therapy with Older Adults: A Sourcebook presents case studies and interventions using arts therapies approaches in working with the older adult population. Creative arts therapists will find the text to be a useful resource, while other clinicians, such as those in social work, teaching, psychology, gerontology, and counseling, will find this to be a comprehensive introduction to the field.

    The book is divided into three sections: interventions and ideas for working with older adults; working with specific older adult populations; and case studies of individual client work. Also included in this volume is a comprehensive recommended reading list, which lists hundreds of references in the field.

    While other texts in this area are limited to one specific aspect of the population, or focus solely on diversional or recreational aspects of care, Art Therapy with Older Adults: A Sourcebook is a comprehensive sourcebook for clinicians in this growing field. The volume encourages the reader to use the suggested concepts or tailor them to ones own specific working environment or population.

    From the back cover:

    A rich compendium of articles on art therapy with older adults, this book is a valuable resource for both art therapists who work with elders and administrators of programs for the elderly. Further, the ideas, interventions, and case examples it offers make a strong case for expanding an effective and low-cost service to more members of our increasing (and currently underserved) elder population. Frances F. Kaplan, DA, ATR-BC, Faculty, Art Therapy Department, Marylhurst University and Editor, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

    An inspiring view of aging portrayed through sensitively written case studies, heralding the use of art as a potent form of therapy. Each case is a testimony to the value of artistic creation to help facilitate honest and meaningful personal expression. Perry Magniant aptly demonstrates how art therapy is a powerful vehicle for change and reparation for older adults. A guidebook filled with wisdom, creativity and enlightenment. Deborah Farber, MPS, ATR, Chair, Art Therapy Department, School of Visual Arts of NYC

    About the author:

    Rebecca C. Perry Magniant, ATR-BC, is originally from Columbia, Missouri. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and former Director of Art Therapy at Goodwin House West in Falls Church, VA. She has lectured on various topics in the field of art therapy and has taught in the field. Mrs. Perry Magniant now resides in Paris, France.


    Author: Rebecca C. Perry Magniant
    tel: +33 (1)

    Michael C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd.
    tel: 1.800.258.8980

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